Hostelling International Chicago

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Volunteer at the BEST hostel in the USA!

Hostelling International Chicago thrives on the work of its volunteers who serve travelers from around the world and around the country. You can help to enhance the experiences of our travelers as well as getting involved with the mission-based programming that we bring to our Chicago community.

For detailed information about internships at Hostelling International Chicago, please go to the internship section. Click here for internships.

The HI-USA mission is “to help all, especially the young, gain a greater understanding of the world and its people through hostelling.” Volunteers play an integral role in fulfilling the mission by promoting global understanding and world peace through travel. Volunteers come from a range of backgrounds, experiences, and professions. You can bring your many different skills and talents to this service work. Read the overview of the volunteer positions below.

You can make a difference at HI-Chicago!

As an HI-Chicago volunteer, you will have the opportunity to meet travelers from around the world; share your knowledge and appreciation of Chicago ‘s rich resources; learn more about the Chicago area; meet other volunteers and make new friends.

Special opportunity! Peace Ambassadors Wanted! Summer 2012

Hostelling International Chicago is seeking qualified and passionate individuals to help plan our first Peace Conference! HI-Chicago is a 501(c)(3) hostel that teaches and promotes cultural understanding through travel and education. What could be more important in our diverse and endlessly interconnected world than respect and understanding of each other?

The HI-USA mission is “to help all, especially the young, gain a greater understanding of the world and its people through hostelling.” HI-Chicago thrives on the work of its volunteers, who play an integral role in fulfilling the mission by promoting global understanding and world peace through travel. Volunteers come from a range of backgrounds, experiences, and professions. You can bring your many different skills and talents to your service work.<o:p></o:p>

Get involved with the mission-based programming that we bring to our Chicago community. Help inspire young adults to be caring, responsible world citizens and leaders active in their communities by working on our Peace Conference Committee!

Interested?  E-mail Sharday for more information and an application.

 

Volunteer opportunities are divided into three service areas:

 Traveler programs

 Community Outreach and Education

 Administrative Support and Development

Traveler programs

Chicago Guides
You connect travelers to Chicago . Chicago Guides take hostellers out to summer festivals, free days at the museums, improv comedy shows, pub crawls, ethnic restaurants, you name it!  Choose from our monthly calendar or plan your own outing.  Staff will publicize the information and put out a sign up sheet. You meet your group of travelers at the hostel and bring them to the activity.

Minimum commitment: 2 events per month.

Chicago Specialists – Information Desk
At the info desk in the hostel Chicago Specialists are on a mission to “Go beyond the guidebook!” You will provide the most up to date inside information about everything Chicago . Show travelers how to take the CTA all over town. Recommend a great cheap restaurant in a fun neighborhood. You can make the difference for our international travelers. You should have a passion for Chicago – whether you know everything or are still learning your way around.

Minimum commitment: One 2-3 hour shift per week

Downtown Walking Tour Guide
One of the hostel’s exceptional services is our downtown walking tours developed over many years by our wonderful volunteers.  If you’d like to learn from the pros, you can shadow tours on Saturday mornings with Tom Judge, Monday mornings with George Redfearn, Tuesday mornings with Dennis Le Beau, or Wednesday mornings with Karen Dennis.  Or you can work with the volunteer coordinator to develop a tour that is all your own.  Minimum commitment after training: Two tours per month (ideally one per week).

Interested in helping the hostel?
Complete the online volunteer application.


Community Outreach and Education

Community Wall Project Leaders
Teach local youth about community and culture through a community wall project, part of an international effort by Hostelling International to teach cultural understanding. We partner with Girl Scout troops and community based youth organizations, like Boys and Girls Clubs, to create paintings of community which are hung in the hostel for travelers to see. Leader commitments vary from once a week to twice a month. Ideal position for artists and people with painting skills.

Cultural Kitchen Volunteer
Assist in giving local youth the opportunity to learn about other cultures through exploration of food and culture. You do not need any expertise with children or cooking to make a difference with Cultural Kitchen. Volunteers join the groups in the afternoon at 4:00pm and help the students prepare and cook the food for the meal. This evening session runs from 4:00pm until 8:00pm. We ask volunteers to commit to one session per month, and we welcome you to help with more sessions, time permitting.

Community Service Liaison
Help the hostel connect service-minded groups with community service organizations in the city. Church groups, alternative spring break groups and others ask the hostel for assistance in connecting to service. You will contact community service organizations to find out about opportunities for groups staying at the hostel. Minimum commitment: 4 hours per week.

Interested in helping the hostel?
Complete the online volunteer application.


Administrative Support and Development

Media Relations
The hostel is a major organization in Chicago accommodating travelers from around the world. The hostel conducts substantial community outreach and education for our community. press coverage is important to enhance awareness of the hostel and its efforts. You will assist in writing and submitting press releases and following up with media contacts.

Minimum commitment: 10 hours per month

Volunteer Coordinator
The hostel thrives on the work of its volunteers. Volunteers need to be properly tasked and properly recognized for their work. You can help hostel staff in recruiting, training and recognizing volunteers. This position requires substantial prior volunteering experience and excellent interpersonal skills.

Minimum commitment: 4 hours per week.

Interested in helping the hostel?
Complete the online volunteer application.


Volunteer Application Form

Name:
Mailing Address:
City:
State:
Zip:
E-mail:
Birthday
(year optional)
Phone: (Daytime)
(Evening)
In case of emergency, notify:
Name:
relationship :
Occupation:
Employer’s Name
(school):
Previous Volunteer Experience (include name of agency):
Types of Volunteer positions held:
a. beginning/ending date
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c. beginning/ending date
Describe any special skills, knowledge, or training that you have to share:
What days and hours are you available to volunteer?
Morning
Evening
Weekend
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Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
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Do you speak/write any languages other than English?
(please specify)
Do you have any personal health concerns that might impact your work as a volunteer (i.e. special needs, chronic illness, allergies)?
How did you hear about HI Chicago?
Indicate areas of interest for volunteer work; please check all that apply.
Chicago Guide
Chicago Specialist
Downtown Walking Tour Guide
Community Wall Project Leaders
Cultural Kitchen Aide
Community Service Liaison
Travel Scholars
Welcome Flags project
Art Galleries Coordinator
Media Relations
Volunteer Coordinator
Speaker’s Bureau
Other
Why do you want to volunteer at HI – Chicago?
What do you hope to gain from hostel volunteering?
Please provide two personal or professional references:
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Or you can print and mail your application to the address below:

Jessica Smith
Activities and Volunteer Coordinator

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